The Wholesome Direct 2021 showcase bundled a ton of perfectly enjoyable and adorable news into a presentation earlier today and SkateBIRD is a game that fits the bill exactly. Glass Bottom Games lead developer Megan Fox spent a minute recounting a new accessibility trailer shown today for Wholesome Direct 2021. SkateBIRD is slated for release on August 12 and it looks like more players will be able to enjoy the game when it launches with this new update.
Skateboarding games can be incredibly fun and intuitive, but often require masterful manipulation of the controller to perform tricks at a proficient level. SkateBIRD is no exception to this observation, but Glass Bottom Games aims to bring more players under its wing with new accessibility options designed to reduce button travel and typing complexity. This should lighten the barrier of entry for players of all types and provide ways for everyone to shred.
During the Wholesome Direct 2021 showcase, SkateBIRD lead developer Megan Fox presented a short video on some features added to the in-game control options. A small change with a big impact is the ability to automatically push your board towards forward while holding down the ollie button. Some classic skateboarding video games already offer this option and it seemed natural to offer it. This should significantly reduce the input density on the left control stick.
The next new accessibility feature shown is the option to merge the grind and ollie buttons together. Megan Fox explains in the video that to reduce the movement of the buttons on the right hand, it seemed preferable, as going from an ollie to a grind usually requires players to move their hand from the bottom of the controller to the top. By pressing ollie once to jump and the same button again to grind, many hand movements are saved over time. Combined with other options like merging typing and toggles into one button or even slowing down the entire game, Glass Bottom Games is hoping everyone can enjoy SkateBIRD.
We took a look at another new SkateBIRD gameplay trailer at IGN Expo, so take a look if you’re interested in kickflips while you beat. Keep those tabs locked on Shacknews as we cover all of the upcoming E3 2021 news throughout the weekend.